Is religion and science compatible Revision Q's and A's

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Science Questions
1. Give an example of something God can do but nature cannot do.
2. How could we criticise Aquinas' second type of miracle? (this is not in the booklet you
have to use your brain)
3. How could we criticise the example used in Aquinas' third example of miracle of a
cure happening instantly? (this is not in the booklet you have to use your brain)
4. What is a secondary cause miracle?
5. Which scholar does Mackie agree with?
6. How might a theist criticise Mackie's definition of miracle as a `violation'? (this is not in
the booklet you have to use your brain)
7. According to Swinburne why should we not revise our understanding of a law of
nature if a miracle happens?
8. According to Swinburne what two criteria need to be met in order to call an event a
miracle?
9. Summarise the principle of Credulity.
10.Summarise the principle of Testimony.
11.According to Hick why can miracles not be defined as a break in the law of nature?
Holland, Wiles and Inherent Difficulty Questions
1. How is Holland's definition of a miracle different to Hume's?
2. What does Holland give as an example to illustrate his idea?
3. According to Wiles what does not happen?
4. According to Wiles what is the one miracle that God performed?
5. Why does Wiles reject the idea of a God who performs miracles?
6. According to Wiles why is prayer useful?
7. According to Wiles what is the Incarnation?
8. Why would a traditional Christian reject the above idea (this is not in the notes you
have to use your brain)?
9. According to Wiles what could also be described as a miracle?
10.According to science, in order for an event to be valid what does it have to be?
Hume
1. According to Hume what does a wise man do?
2. According to Hume are miracles likely or not?
3. According to Hume what is the first reason that testimonies of miracle are poor?
4. According to Hume why are the testimonies of the fisherman in the New Testament
flimsy?
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According to Hume what do supporters of miracles abandon and love?
6. According to Hume what might the subjective viewpoint of a religious person cause
them to do?
7. According to Hume what gives a complete triumph for the sceptic?
8. According to Wiles what kind of God is not worthy of worship?
9. Give an example of a miracle that seems frivolous and a tragedy that people may
argue God should have intervened in.
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When is woman created?
16.What is the woman made from?
17.In the second story (and in contrast to the first) who is made first; humans or
animals?
18.Which story is Eden named?
19.What was the man commanded not to eat from?
20.How is the depiction of God in the second story different from the first?
21.How is God anthropomorphised in the second story?
22.Who ate the forbidden fruit first and who were they tempted by?
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According to Canon Peacocke, what can science be used for in relation to religion?
3. According to Peacocke how dies God create now?
4. What did Peacocke compare God and Her creation to?
5. What does immanent mean?
6. According to Peacocke what does evolution reveal?
7. According to Polkinghorne what has God given the world?
8. Polkinghorne supports the anthropic principle ­ what is it?
Intelligent Design and Irreducible Complexity Questions
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Where do some Hindu's think people and animals come from?
11.What happens when Lord Brahma sleeps?
12.What happens when Lord Brahma has lived a lifetime of days?
13.What is part of the duties that Hindus have to perform?
14.Why do Hindus respect all life?
15.What is `ahimsa'?
16.According to Hindu belief if we do our duty what to we generate?
17.According to Hindu belief why is every living thing equally important in the cycle of
life?
The Big Bang
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According to Dawkins what are humans?
3. According to Dawkins what motivates human behaviour?
4. According to Dawkins what makes things appear designed?
5. In Climbing Mount Improbable what does Dawkins argue is inevitable?
6. According to Dawkins why is conscience created?
Resurrection Questions
1. Read the first two paragraphs of; an example: The resurrection of Jesus on page 23.
Which of the four views of Jesus's resurrection do you agree with and why?
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Science Questions
and ANSWERS
1. Give an example of something God can do but nature cannot do.
The sun going back on its course
2. How could we criticise Aquinas' second type of miracle?
It is out of date ­ advances in science and technology allow for events under this definition
EG ­ blind people can be given sight again
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What does Holland give as an example to illustrate his idea?
A boy being saved from being hit by a train
3. According to Wiles what does not happen?
Miracles defined as individual actions in the world
4. According to Wiles what is the one miracle that God performed?
Creation as a whole
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Give an example of a miracle that seems frivolous and a tragedy that people may argue
God should have intervened in.
The holocaust
10. How do miracles seem to contradict cosmological and design arguments?
They introduce unpredictability
11. Why do some people argue that a timeless God cannot perform miracles?
A timeless God cannot act in time to create a miracle
12. How might a scholar criticise Swinburne's assertion that miracles must have a theological
significance?
Many miracles seem to be pointless
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